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Friday, September 14, 2012

Neil Armstrong is about to be buried at sea during a ceremony aboard the USS Philippine Sea, on September 14, 2012.
NASA / Bill Ingalls

Laid to rest... Neil Armstrong was buried at sea during a ceremony aboard the U.S. Navy vessel USS Philippine Sea earlier today. While Armstrong and his two Apollo 11 crew members Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins touched down in the Pacific Ocean after their historic lunar voyage in 1969, the first man to set foot on the Moon now rests somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. It is the five oceans that earned the Earth the nickname "Pale Blue Dot" by the late American astronomer Carl Sagan in 1990; it is only fitting that the first human to set foot on another celestial world (and who was also a naval aviator before becoming an astronaut) and view the Pale Blue Dot from an extraterrestrial surface would finally be one with Earth's most prominent geographic feature.

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Paul Nagy and Carol Armstrong, Neil Armstrong's wife, commit the cremains of Armstrong to sea during a ceremony aboard the USS Philippine Sea, on September 14, 2012.
NASA / Bill Ingalls

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